James Burton Style Hybrid Rhythm

by Javier Aviles

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  • -Guitar Lesson:
    This is a lesson for intermediate or advanced. Here I show you how to play a song in the style of James Burton from Louisiana, United States, a guitarist pioneer in the use of the electric guitar in the rock and roll world. He plays with a lot of singers and groups since 1957, including Ricky Nelson, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Everly Brothers, The Beach Boys, Sonny and Cher, Gram Parsons, Roy Orbison or Elvis Costello; also plays with songwriters like Joni Mitchell or Emmylou Harris; and country stars like Johnny Cash, John Denver, Claude King or The 5th Dimension. His sound, usually achieved with a Fender Telecaster, helped define rock and roll in the 50's. Here I use his hybrid picking technique to make the rhythm and some of his solo phrases.

    -Music Style:
    rock & roll, country


    chords, riffs, hybrid picking, bending

    All parts are player over an A chord with hybrid picking.

    I play a mahogany MELANCON Custom Artist T guitar and Mesaboogie Rectoverb 50 amp, clean channel and an amp condenser microphone.

    Standard tuning: E,A,D,G,B,E

    -Tempo & Beat:
    175pm (Slows 90bpm)
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